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into the war had been favourable in comparison with the circumstances
of the other countries. There was no question of payment for the
enormous deliveries of goods of every kind., war materials and food from
the U.S.A. and from Great Britain . . . Moreover, Russia was able
to employ hundreds of thousands of convicts who, day and night, extracted
gold and other precious metals from the Urals and mountains of Asia.
Since these metals were not used for any domestic purposes whatsoever
in Russia, the Kxemlin had gold in large quantities at its disposal for all
uses abroad. The influence of this money could easily be observed.
Nothing proved too expensive for the Soviet propaganda apparatus.
Some of the best authors, film producers, artists and journalists among
the United Nations were harnessed to the Soviet wagon, not only to
glorify the real war effort of the Russian people, but also to applaud the
tyranny of the Red Tsar. They were used as the medium to heap slander
upon the other Allies whose territories Russian imperialists intended to
Paid by Catherine the Second,, Voltaire had lauded her partition of the
Polish Commonwealth, and now,, once again, a clan of paid intellectuals
in the countries of the United Nations were, under the cloak of * true
democrats,5 conniving with the Russian's destruction of the flower of
democracy, the Baltic States and the Polish Republic.
In 1939, Great Britain had been prepared to send her troops to Finland
and fight Russia  in 1944, the same Great Britain regarded her
commitments towards the smaller European nations from an entirely
different point of view. How much of this should be credited to Great
Britain's change of policy^ and how much to the Russian war achieve-
ments and to their propaganda machine ? It was illuminating to observe
that, during the period of great Allied effort on the seas, which resulted
in the annihilation of the German Fleet and the conquering of the sub-
marine menace; the equally great achievements in the destruction of the
Italian Army and subsequent re-conquest of the Mediterranean, the
systematic air-warfare waged against Germany, and the efficient material
support to Russia, without which she would have been unable to equal
the Germans in armaments, all this Allied progress and great war-effort
passed unremarked by the people of the Soviets. The United Nations*
propaganda was indeed unable to penetrate to the Russian masses5 but
the people in Britain and the U.S. came under the continual bombard-
ment of Russian propaganda which did its utmost to convince them
that, in point of fact, the unique effort in the war had been made by
the Russians and, in comparison with this effort, the work of the Allies
was but^a very|minor detail. 'Russia,' this propaganda^concluded,
* should be recompensed for her extraordinary task/ This slogan was
to be adopted after a few years by the British Government,3 remarkable
achievement of Russian diplomacy.